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The Girl in the Torch

by Robert Sharenow Balzer + Bray (May 26, 2015)

The Invention of Hugo Cabret meets True Grit in this heartfelt novel of resilience, hope, and discovering a family where you least expect it, from award-winning author Robert Sharenow.

At the dawn of the twentieth...


Liars, Inc.

by Paula Stokes HarperTeen (March 24, 2015)

A dark and twisted psychological tale, which Kirkus Reviews called "captivating to the very end" in a starred review—perfect for fans of I Hunt Killers and Gone Girl.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of...


Anne's House of Dreams

by L. M. Montgomery Aladdin (September 23, 2014)

Anne and Gilbert join in domestic harmony in this artfully packaged edition of the fourth book in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Anne is marrying Gilbert Blythe! While she’s deliriously happy to finally be...


Anne of the Island

by L. M. Montgomery Aladdin (May 20, 2014)

Anne Shirley is off to college in this artfully packaged edition of the third book in the Anne of Green Gables series.

Anne is finally off to Redmond College! While she’s sad to be leaving Marilla and the twins,...


The Unspoken

by Thomas Fahy Simon Pulse (July 07, 2009)

"In five years' time, your greatest fear will consume you. It will rob you of your last breath."

Five years ago six children who lived with their families in Jacob Crawley's Divine Path religious cult escaped...


After the River the Sun

by Dia Calhoun & Kate Slater Atheneum Books for Young Readers (July 09, 2013)

Will Eckhart find the courage to rise from his past—and climb to his future? This quest for home is a stunning companion to Eva of the Farm.

When Eckhart Lyon arrives at Sunrise Orchard, all he wants to do...


Molly Moon's Incredible Book of Hypnotism

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (November 30, 2010)

Welcome to the Wonderful World of Hypnotism

Molly Moon is no ordinary orphan. When she finds a mysterious old book on hypnotism, she discovers she can make people do whatever she wants. But a sinister stranger...


Molly Moon's Hypnotic Time Travel Adventure

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

Molly Moon meets . . . Molly Moon? In this third book in the wildly popular New York Times bestselling series, mesmerizing orphan Molly Moon and her fabulouspug, Petula, are off to India, where they discover...


Molly Moon Stops the World

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

Molly Moon is back -- and this time she's hypnotizing her way to the Academy Awards in Los Angeles. Along with Rocky and Petula the pug,Molly is tracking the sinister activities of American billionaire Primo...


Molly Moon, Micky Minus, & the Mind Machine

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (October 19, 2010)

She knows what you're thinking . . . no really,She knows what you're thinking.

Molly Moon is back from the future—and this time, she can read minds.


Billy Creekmore

by Tracey Porter HarperCollins (June 15, 2010)

He is a motherless child,

a coal miner,

a circus star,

a con artist,

a seer,

a hero,

and a survivor.

This is the tale of Billy Creekmore, a young boy with mystifying powers and the gift of storytelling. But his...


Anne of Green Gables Complete Text

by L. M. Montgomery HarperFestival (June 08, 2010)

Get ready for the new Anne of Green Gables Netflix series!

Marilla and Mathew Cuthbert had planned to adopt a boy to help out around Green Gables farm. But waiting for Mathew at the train station is freckle-faced,...


Finding Katie: The Diary of Anonymous, A Teenager in Foster Care

by Beatrice Sparks HarperCollins (May 18, 2010)

This appealing teen read tells the story of Katie, a teen from an abused home, and her journey through foster care.

Katie is always surrounded by wealth, but feels terribly alone because of the secret horror...


A Lion to Guard Us

by Clyde Robert Bulla & Michele Chessare HarperCollins (June 25, 2013)

The inspiring classic that The New Yorker called "an exciting tale [with] top-notch writing," about one girl facing harsh conditions and huge responsibility as she brings her family to the American colonies. ...


Dave at Night

by Gail Carson Levine HarperCollins (August 27, 2013)

If nobody wants him, that's fine.He'll just take care of himself.

When his father dies, Dave knows nothing will ever be thesame. And then it happens. Dave lands in an orphanage—the cold and strict Hebrew Home...


Where I'd Like To Be

by Frances O'Roark Dowell Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 26, 2013)

A ghost saved twelve-year-old Maddie’s life when she was an infant, her Granny Lane claims, so Maddie must always remember that she is special. But it’s hard to feel special when you’ve spent your life...


Molly Moon & the Monster Music

by Georgia Byng HarperCollins (February 26, 2013)

Molly has developed even more amazing powers in the sixth and final hypnotic installment of the New York Times bestselling Molly Moon series—perfect for fans of Lemony Snicket and Pseudonymous Bosch!

Molly...


The Pinballs

by Betsy Byars HarperCollins (July 17, 2012)

From Newbery-winning author Betsy Byars comes a story full of "poignancy, perception, and humor" (The Chicago Tribune), about three foster kids who learn what it takes to make a family.

You can't always decide...


The Great Unexpected

by Sharon Creech HarperCollins (September 04, 2012)

From Newbery Medal winner and bestselling author Sharon Creech comes a grand, sweeping yarn that is a celebration of the great and unexpected gifts of love, friendship, and forgiveness. With a starred review...


Scarlet Ibis

by Gill Lewis & Susan Meyer Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books (May 15, 2018)

When a fire leaves twelve-year-old Scarlet in a different foster home than her autistic little brother, she tracks a bird to find her way back to him in this deeply moving illustrated novel from the author of...


A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 10-13

by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist HarperCollins (June 12, 2012)

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A Warning from the Publisher:

If you have come this far, it is likely too late. Readers who have experienced the first nine volumes in A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket...


A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 7-9

by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist HarperCollins (June 12, 2012)

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A Warning from the Publisher:

Would you rather sprain your ankle, bruise your hip, and lose a toe to frostbite on the same day? Or would you rather have these accidents happen on...


A Series of Unfortunate Events Collection: Books 4-6

by Lemony Snicket & Brett Helquist HarperCollins (June 12, 2012)

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A Warning from the Publisher:

Imagine you are wearing a bandage that needs to be removed. Are you the sort of person who tears the bandage right off, causing an enormous amount of...


The Puppeteer's Apprentice

by D. Anne Love Margaret K. McElderry Books (May 29, 2012)

Mouse works in the scullery at Dunston Manor, peeling onions, stirring the pots, sweeping the floors, and doing her best not to get into trouble with the fractious cook. Alone at night in the dark corner she...


Ruby Holler

Carnegie Medal 2002

by Sharon Creech HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

From Sharon Creech, the Newbery Medal winning author of Walk Two Moons, comes a heartwarming adventure about finding family, and a home, when you least expect it.

Ruby Holler is a Carnegie Medal-winning novel,...


Pollyanna

by Eleanor H. Porter & Marion Dane Bauer Aladdin (February 21, 2012)

Pollyanna's eternal optimism has made her one of the most beloved characters in American literature. First published in 1913, her story spawned the formation of "Glad" clubs all over the country, devoted to...


Sputnik's Guide to Life on Earth

by Frank Cottrell Boyce Walden Pond Press (June 20, 2017)

A one-of-a-kind story of heart, humor, and finding one’s place in the universe.

Prez knows that the best way to keep track of things is to make a list. That's important when you have a grandfather who is...


Blood Family

by Anne Fine Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (March 21, 2017)

Shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, this dark and gripping novel tells the tragic story of a smart, sweet child poisoned by circumstance as he struggles to escape the horrors of his childhood.

Edward is four...


The Higher Power of Lucky

by Susan Patron & Matt Phelan Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 20, 2007)

Lucky, age ten, can't wait another day. The meanness gland in her heart and the crevices full of questions in her brain make running away from Hard Pan, California (population 43), the rock-bottom only choice...


Dream of Night

by Heather Henson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (May 04, 2010)

Untamable. Damaged. Angry. Once full of promise and life, now a fiery knot of resentment and detachment. This is the story of Dream of Night, an injured and abused racehorse. It’s also the story of Shiloh,...


The Long Trail

by Deborah Hopkinson & Bill Farnsworth Aladdin (August 10, 2010)

Klondike or bust!

Stowing away on the steamer Al-Ki was only the beginning of Davey's daring quest to find his uncle in the Klondike. Now he's camping in the rough-and-tumble town of Skagway, working for his...


The Indian School

by Gloria Whelan & Gabriela Dellosso HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

A critically acclaimed historical novel by the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Homeless Bird.

When shy ten-year-old Lucy comes to live with her aunt and uncle at their mission school, she's surprised...


Sailing for Gold

by Deborah Hopkinson & Bill Farnsworth Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

Gold Rush!

Seattle, July 1897

Ever since his mother died, Davey has had a secret plan: He's saving his money so he can run away to Alaska to find Uncle Walt, the only relative he has. No one is going to stop...


The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett & Tasha Tudor HarperCollins (October 11, 2011)

Celebrate an unforgettable classic with this beautifully illustrated 100th anniversary edition.

This 100th anniversary hardcover includes Tasha Tudor’s iconic illustrations, an extended author biography, activities,...


Sara Lost and Found

by Virginia Castleman Aladdin (February 09, 2016)

Sisters Anna and Sara must rely on each other for strength as they face being separated by the foster care system in this heartwrenching tale of sisterhood, family, and survival.

Sara and Anna Olsen face an uncertain...


The Wanderers

by Kate Ormand Sky Pony (September 01, 2015)

A Unique Twist on Shape-Shifters with Fast-Paced Action, Thrilling Adventure, Mystery, and a Bit of Romance

Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a popular circus in which the main acts star orphaned...


Listening for Lions

by Gloria Whelan HarperCollins (October 06, 2009)

A critically acclaimed historical novel “that roars” (Kliatt), from the author of the National Book Award-winning novel Homeless Bird.

Africa is the only home Rachel Sheridan has ever known. But when her...


A Series of Unfortunate Events #3: The Wide Window

A Series of Unfortunate Events #3

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist & Michael Kupperman HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

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Dear Reader,

If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted...


A Series of Unfortunate Events #13: The End

A Series of Unfortunate Events #13

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist & Michael Kupperman HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

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Like an off-key violin concert, the Roman Empire, or food poisoning, all things must come to an end. Thankfully, this includes A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The...


A Series of Unfortunate Events #10: The Slippery Slope

A Series of Unfortunate Events #10

by Lemony Snicket, Brett Helquist & Michael Kupperman HarperCollins (October 13, 2009)

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Like bad smells, uninvited weekend guests or very old eggs, there are some things that ought to be avoided.

Snicket's saga about the charming, intelligent, and grossly unlucky Baudelaire...


The Prince of Fenway Park

by Julianna Baggott HarperCollins (March 24, 2009)

It's been eighty-six years since the Red Sox won a World Series. Eighty-six years cursed.

Twelve-year-old Oscar Egg be-lieves he is cursed, just like the Red Sox. His real parents didn't want him, and now his...


The Somebodies

by N. E. Bode HarperCollins (May 05, 2009)

There is a city beneath New York City, one made by and for Anybodies. There you can find Bing Chubb's Ballpark, Willy Fattler's ever–changing Underground Hotel, and a castle whose spire sticks up into the...


The Slippery Map

by N. E. Bode & Brandon Dorman HarperCollins (May 05, 2009)

If you've ever whiled away an afternoon dreaming of another world, then you know that place is real.

Oyster R. Motel has dreamed of another world for almost his whole life. (But that's only understandable—he's...


The Anybodies

by N. E. Bode & Peter Ferguson HarperCollins (May 05, 2009)

The Anybodies

Fern discovers that she was swapped at birth and leaves her tragically dull parents for an unforgettable adventure with her true father, the Bone. Just who are the Anybodies? You'll have to read...


Rilla of Ingleside

by L. M. Montgomery Aladdin (May 12, 2015)

Rediscover Anne Shirley and her adventures in this beautiful edition of L.M. Montgomery’s classic.

The youngest daughter of Anne and Gilbert meets the trials of World War I with irrepressible spirit in this...


America

by E. R. Frank Atheneum Books for Young Readers (April 07, 2015)

"Where would you like to be five years from now?" Dr. B. asks.

"Nowhere," America answers.

By age fifteen, America has already been nowhere. Been nobody. Separated from his foster mother, Mrs. Harper. A runaway...


The Year We Sailed the Sun

by Theresa Nelson Atheneum Books for Young Readers (March 24, 2015)

Orphaned Julia never expected to be sent away, especially not to the ill-named House of Mercy. But adventure awaits her in this historical journey, based on a true story.

“Go home,” eleven-year-old orphan...


Red Butterfly

by A.L. Sonnichsen & Amy June Bates Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (February 03, 2015)

A young orphaned girl in modern-day China discovers the meaning of family in this “heartbreaking, heartwarming, and impressive debut” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) told in verse, in the tradition of...


Return of the Gypsy Witch

by Alison Hart Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

It all started with one mysterious briefcase....

When Allie's father dies, her half sister, Kat, is left in charge of his detective agency -- and of Allie. Despite the many changes in her life, Allie can't help...


Adventure in Gold Town

by Deborah Hopkinson & Bill Farnsworth Aladdin (May 11, 2010)

The trip down the Yukon River from Lake Bennett to Dawson City is exciting and dangerous, but Davey's adventures don't end once he arrives at the bustling mining town. Dawson is overrun with sad-looking, abandoned...